Fuel Saving Tips While Driving
With the volatile nature of fuel prices in the UK, it can save you a small fortune to be economical with your vehicle. If you do a lot of driving to and from work or in your weekends, even small improvements to your fuel efficiency can make a huge difference to your pocket.
Driving efficiently doesn’t just mean safely and confidently – it also takes into account responsible fuel consumption and strong regard for the environment.
Making a few small changed to the way you drive can ease the constant frustration of battling fuel prices and keeping your costs down while helping to preserve the world
Improving Fuel Consumption
These fuel-saving tips are practical changes you can start taking on board today to better the quality of your driving for both you as an individual and the world!
Checking your tyre pressure at least once a month can greatly help increase your chances of better fuel consumption. In your driver’s handbook or the inside of your driver’s door, you will find a guide to how to inflate your tyres depending on the conditions and the weight of your vehicle.
Read The Road
Being alert while driving can save you more on fuel than you may believe. During driving lessons, our instructors will help you learn to read the road. Being able to view a hazard from a distance or predict the actions of other drivers will enable you to react quicker. This will limit the amount of harsh braking and then accelerating required when driving.
Slow and Steady
Reducing your speed and being less heavy with your right foot can make a huge impact on the amount of fuel you use. Driving at a speed of 75mph instead of 70 adds approximately 6.5% to your fuel bill and Co2 emissions. Not good for you or the planet.
Don’t Let it Weigh You Down
Having heavy items in the car such as a full boot or a roof rack permanently on the car can burn a lot of unnecessary fuel, especially on long journeys. Over time this can cost you a fair amount at the pumps!
The Energy Saving Trust estimates a roof rack will burn 16% more fuel at 75mph, while a roof box adds 39% to your fuel bill.
According to data from the AA, automatic vehicles use 10-15% more fuel than a manual car. Automatic cars tend to change up a gear slower than a manual driver would. This means the revs will go higher before the gear change, using more fuel.
The gap between manual and automatic fuel consumption is changing with the growing popularity of semi-automatic cars.
Flat Out – Cruise Control
Cruise control can be a great way to save fuel over long journeys. Consistent speed is one of the most vital elements of saving fuel while driving. On largely flat roads and longer journeys – such as motorways – cruise control can help to keep the car engine at a constant level, saving fuel.
Good Service is Key
Regularly maintaining your vehicle to a high standard is also vital to keep your fuel economy at its best. According to Halfords, keeping on top of your vehicle maintenance with servicing can add up to 10% to your miles per gallon.
This is why every Bill Plant Tuition Vehicle is regularly checked and maintained to ensure they are in top condition. Minimal savings across our entire fleet of driving instructors each week can have huge savings nationwide.